How To Connect Website To Google Search Console & Verify Domain Ownership Via DNS Record

Google Search Console is the most widely used free SEO tool and a web service by Google. Its tools and reports help you to measure your website's search traffic and performance. You can maintain, monitor and troubleshoot your website's presence in Google search results.  

It tells website owners, webmasters & web marketers about:
  • Indexing Status of website pages, posts/articles in Google
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Performance
  • Website Errors, Warnings & Recommendations to improve 
  • URL Inspection of your website posts and pages
  • Website Coverage(Valid Pages and Pages With Errors)
  • Website Sitemap
  • Website Mobile Usability and Responsiveness
  • Core Web Vitals and much more....
Connecting your website to Google Search Console involves two things (1) Creating a Google Search Console account (2) Verifying your domain ownership via DNS record because Google wants to make sure that you are the one who owns the domain. For this purpose it provides you a "TXT Record" and asks you to copy the record and paste into the DNS configuration for your website. Google uses "TXT Record" to verify domain ownership and to ensure email security.
 
In this tutorial we will guide you step-by-step to How to setup Google Search Console for your website by verifying your domain ownership via DNS record and How to inspect your website URLs on Search Console.
  
 
How To Connect Website To Google Search Console & Verify Domain Ownership Via DNS Record 1

  • Open the Google Search Console. You will be redirected to Gmail Sign In. 
  • If you are already signed in then the Gmail Sign-In step will be skipped and you will be redirected to Google Search Console's page where you have to add your domain, as we have shown in the third step below. 
  • Enter your Gmail ID. Always remember that you can only use your Gmail ID.
  • Click "Next".
 
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  • Enter your Password.
  • Click "Next".
 
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  • There are two options here "Domain" and "URL prefix". You will use "Domain".
  • Enter your domain without adding "http/https" and "www" like example.com. 
  • Click the "CONTINUE".

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  • Now here you have to verify your domain ownership via DNS record.
  • You have to Copy this "TXT Record" and "Paste" into your website's DNS configurations/settings by creating a "TXT Record" there. 
  • Once you add "TXT Record" in your website's DNS configuration successfully you have to comeback again here and click "VERIFY". So don't close this popup box.
  • Follow the below steps to add the "TXT Record" in your website's DNS Settings.
  
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  • Login to your cPanel via the URL provided to you by your web hosting provider. It will be similar to "https://www.cpanel.xyz.com". Instead of "xyz.com" there will be your website domain.
  • Enter your Username & Password.
  • Click "Log in" to access your cPanel.

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  • Under the "Domains" section click "Zone Editor". In some cPanels it could be "DNS Settings".
 
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  • Your domain will be listed there. 
  • Click "MANAGE".
 
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  • Click the dropdown list "+ ADD RECORD".
  • Click 'Add "TXT" Record'.
 
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  • In the "Name" enter your domain without "http\https" and "www" like example.com.
  • In the "Record" paste the "TXT Record" that Google Search Console provides you.
  • Click "ADD RECORD".
 
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  • You can see here that the "TXT Record" has been added successfully.
  • Now go back to Google Search Console domain-ownership verification step.
 
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  • Click the "VERIFY" button.

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  • You can see that ownership of domain has been verified. You have successfully created Google Search Console account.
  • Click "GO TO PROPERTY" to go to your Google Search Console account.

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  • Google Search Console takes sometime or a day to gather your website analytics.
  • You can open Google Search Console directly from your website admin section. WordPress plugins such as "Google Site Kit" display your Google Search Console reports and statistics directly on your website's admin section.
  • This is the URL of Google Search Console: https://search.google.com/search-console/welcome.

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How To Inspect Your Website URLs

On Google Search Console there is a feature called URL inspection which tells you whether your website URL has been indexed in Google or not AND whether your website URL can be indexed or not. If your website URL is not submitted and indexed in Google you can request Search Console to manually index.
  • Copy the URL of your website that you want to inspect and Paste into the Inspection bar at the top.

How To Inspect Your Website URL 1

  • Here you can see that we have pasted  the URL of this post in Inspection bar.
  • Once you Paste the URL click the Search icon.

How To Inspect Your Website URL 2

  • It will take few seconds to retrieve information from Google Index.

How To Inspect Your Website URL 3

  • Here you can see that it is showing the status of the URL. Generally new website URLs take time to get indexed in Google. As your website gets old Google automatically indexes your website URLs quickly. 
  • When you inspect a URL Google Search Console also tells you whether your URL can be indexed or not.
  • If your URL is not indexed in Google you can manually index by clicking on "REQUEST INDEXING".

How To Inspect Your Website URL 4
 
 
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